The Sneaky Chef's Cheery Hot Cocoa recipe was developed by Missy Lapine. She is the author of a groundbreaking new book, The Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids' Favorite Meals (Running Press, March 2007). Learn more at www.thesneakychef.com! Try The Sneaky Chef's Cheery Hot Cocoa, made with Carnation Breakfast Essentials today!
- 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen pitted cherries (no syrup or sugar added)
- 1 cup water
- 3 cups lowfat milk
- 3 packets Dark Chocolate Flavor CARNATION BREAKFAST ESSENTIALS® Complete Nutritional Drink
Bring cherries and water to boil in a medium pot. Turn heat to low and allow to simmer for 10 minutes. Occasionally mash the cherries with the back of a spoon (or a potato masher) to help release their juices. Pour into a fine mesh strainer over a container or bowl, pressing the cherry “pulp” with the back of a spoon until all the liquid is released (you can save this cherry pulp to add to homemade cookies, muffins, or smoothies).
While cherries are simmering, place milk in 1-quart microwave-safe container. Microwave on HIGH (100%) power for 4 minutes or until very hot (almost boiling). Stir in Carnation Breakfast Essentials Drink and strained cherry juice.